Simple Definition of suffer
: to experience pain, illness, or injury
: to experience something unpleasant (such as defeat, loss, or damage)
: to become worse because of being badly affected by something
Full Definition of suffer
suf·feredsuf·fer·ing play \-f(ə-)riŋ\
1a : to submit to or be forced to endure <suffer martyrdom>b : to feel keenly : labor under <suffer thirst>
3 : to put up with especially as inevitable or unavoidable
4 : to allow especially by reason of indifference <the eagle suffers little birds to sing — Shakespeare>
1 : to endure death, pain, or distress
2 : to sustain loss or damage
3 : to be subject to disability or handicap
Examples of suffer
He died instantly and did not suffer.
He suffered a heart attack and died instantly.
She suffered an injury during the game.
We suffered a great deal during the war.
I hate to see a child suffer.
She suffered through another one of their long visits.
The team suffered a defeat in the play-offs.
Their relationship suffered because of her work.
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